Zero Tax Rate Increase Bond Issue PowerPoint Video Presentation
Voter Registration Deadline Is July 6
The deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 2, 2016 election is Wednesday, July 6. Click here to register. Registration cards also can be picked up at the district office, 220 Locust Street.
Summer School Program 2016
The School District of Washington's summer school program has set its dates. Mark your calendars now and watch for our enrollment forms. For elementary summer school, visit each school's webpage for forms. See the links below.
SDOW Staff Retirement Video
The School District of Washington has 23 staff members who are retiring. Click here for a video about the retiring staff.
Staff Dancing Into The Summer Video
School District of Washington staff members dance into the Summer of 2016. Click here for the video.
The safety of our students and staff is a top priority. Click here for district safety information.
The School District of Washington's iBelieve Initiative continues to develop. Click here for details about the program.
The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, June 29, at the district office at 7 p.m.
Among the items on the agenda are:
MSBA Conference Update: Board of Education Vice President Kevin Blackburn attended the MSBA (Missouri School Boards Association) Leadership Summit and will present information from the event.
Salary Schedules: The 2015-16 salary schedules will be utilized during the 2016-17 school year. Discussion will be held by the Board of Education on whether to give step and column advancements.
Budget 2016-17: The 2016-17 budget will be presented to the Board of Education and will be up for approval.
Bond Issue Update: Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer will provide an update to the Board of Education on the upcoming bond issue on the August 2, 2016 ballot.
Homeland Security Summary Report: Matthew Heindselman and Morris Harris from the US Department of Homeland Security performed a security assessment for the School District of Washington. The assessment involved multiple meetings with school personnel, a review of district safety, and security plans/procedures, and site visits. Heindselman will be at the board meeting to provide additional information.
School Resource Officer: The District has partnered with the Washington Police Department and the City of Washington since 2000 to provide a School Resource Officer for our District. VanLeer will provide information to the Board of Education on recent discussions with the Chief of Police regarding funding of this position.
Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the June 29 Board of Education meeting.
The School District of Washington will place a $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue on the Aug. 2, 2016, ballot.
The $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue is pretty simple in nature. The majority of the issue is simply about moving and refinancing existing lease debt into bond debt. This action requires voter approval due to the mechanics of school finance. This conversion and refinancing will allow the debt to be paid from the debt service fund without a change in the debt service levy.
The revenue in that fund will service the debt nicely. This way, revenue that was servicing the $13.66 million ($1.5 million in payments) can be shifted to the general fund for operations. This will provide us with the flexibility we need to deal with our losses in assessed valuation and our declining state aid.
So, of the $15 million proposed in the bond issue, 13.66 of it is not new debt at all, but simply moving of payments from one fund to another.
Then, additionally, the balance of the bond issue (approximately $1.4 million) would be to finance roof replacements, safety and security upgrades and some minor classroom renovation. Simple, basic and responsible.
CLICK HERE for a PowerPoint Video Presentation on the zero tax rate increase bond issue.
CLICK HERE for a list of repairs and improvements.
CLICK HERE for a citizens information sheet Q & A.
New student registration for the elementary schools will be held at Washington West Elementary School on Monday, August 1, from Noon – 6 p.m.
You do not have to re-enroll your child if they attended the School District of Washington last year. Your child does not need to be present during the registration.
If you have any questions about the enrollment process, please call Chris Marquart at the Board of Education Office at 636-231-2005.
If you have questions about which school your child will attend in the fall, please consult the Transportation link (First Stop Locator) on the district website or call Kim at the First Student Bus Company at 636-239-1429.
Please bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency when you are enrolling them. Enrollment forms can also be found on our district website, www.washington.k12.mo.us (click here for the enrollment form).
Classes will resume on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.
Doors will open at 7:25 a.m. and classes begin at 7:50 a.m.
Parents are reminded about a pair of worthy events taking place during the summer of 2016.
Click on the attached fliers below for more information on the Summer Food Program and the Back to School Fair.
Summer Food Program
The Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds summer food program offers a free lunch every Tuesday, to any child, during the summer.
The Tuesday free lunch program begins June 7 and will continue through August 9.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library. Games and activities will be provided. Please join us for food and fun.
Back to School Fair
The Franklin County "Back to School Fair" takes place July 29-30. Families must pre-register their children by July 5.
The "Back to School Fair" is held at the First Christian Church, 150 Joel Ave., Union, MO.
The event offers free backpacks and school supplies for students grades K-12.
For questions, more details, or to register, see the attached flier and registration form or contact 636-583-5839.
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Zero Tax Rate Increase Bond Issue
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Immunization for 8th and 12th Grade Students Required For 2016-17
There are new immunization requirements that have been put in place for incoming 8th graders and 12th graders. The Meningococcal vaccine (Menectra) is now a requirement for these age groups. Please make plans to have your child immunized before the start of the 2016-17 school year. Click here for more details.
Early Release Days
The next Early Release Day is Wednesday, August 17. All students will be released (1) hour early. Click here for Early Release Day schedules and procedures.
CAPS/Pathways to Prosperity
The School District of Washington’s CAPS/Pathways to Prosperity Planning Teams continue to make progress toward moving the program forward. Click here for more information.